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Dr. Theo Compernolle born in Bruges, Belgium originally trained as a medical doctor, neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist. He became an expert on the emotional and relational aspects of leadership and the enhancement of resilience of executives, executive teams and organizations. He is the Suez Chair on Leadership and Personal Development of the century old Solvay Business School of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He teaches and coaches in the executive programs of business schools such as the INSEAD (France), the Vlerick Leuven Ghent School for Management of the universities of Gent and Leuven in Belgium and the TIAS business school in Tilburg (Netherlands). He has been doing research on stress since 1976. He developed a unique, efficient approach to stress-management, taking stress management out of the hands of consultants/helping professionals and putting in the hands of the only people who can realize its impressive Return on Investment: those of managers. He published several books (two best sellers) and more than a hundred articles. His book Stress: Friend and Foe: Vital Stress Management at Work and in the Family became a management bestseller and long-seller and so did the videos/DVDs based on it. He recently published "How to be Successful as a Family with a Business"(in Dutch). He was an adjunct professor-at-large at INSEAD after having been a professor at the Free University of Amsterdam and a visiting professor at the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Business School. He earned a Ph.D. on his stress-research at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). He is certified as a psychotherapist and as medical specialist in neuropsychiatry, psychotherapy and rehabilitation. He graduated as a Medical Doctor at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).
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